Valve launched its Steam Early Access program as a part of the same initiative that launched Steam Workshop and Steam Greenlight to make the Steam process much more community driven.
Steam Early Access allows users to benefit from playing a game in its development stage, whilst developers gain from player feedback in development. Developers can then make appropriate changes according to community response with iterations, and improve upon a game as much as possible before launching it as a finished product.
For now, the following titles are the only those that are available for Early Access:
· 1... 2... 3... KICK IT! (Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby)
· Arma 3
· Drunken Robot Pornography
· Gear Up
· Kerbal Space Program
· Kinetic Void
· Prison Architect
· Under the Ocean
The Steam Early Access tab can be found under the Games dropdown menu on the Steam front page.
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In other news, Drunken Robot Pornography and Prison Architect are actual game titles!Reply
All of the titles added to the library will be indie I'm presuming?Reply
Drunken Robot Pornography???Reply
Note that you won't get a refund if the game turns to crapReply
Arma 3 is not bad, didn't crash on me even once, and I played maybe 10 hours or so.Reply
Yet I only get 5 days of early access for a preorder of AoE II HD.Reply
Sweet, and STEAM is working fine on my Ubuntu (64bit) drive right now.Reply
Yeah, I'm not sure the point of this. I get to test beta games for them AND I get to pay them to? SWEET!?Reply
Not terribly exciting to pay $32.99 to play Arma a game unfinished. As for players suggesting changes or improvements. That formula is a failure. Why are developers so clueless about making games they need other people to tell them how they should make them.Reply
Long gone are the days when brilliant minds made brilliant games that come from their heads. Now we just have democratic mediocrity.
ms767210Not terribly exciting to pay $32.99 to play Arma a game unfinished. As for players suggesting changes or improvements. That formula is a failure. Why are developers so clueless about making games they need other people to tell them how they should make them.Long gone are the days when brilliant minds made brilliant games that come from their heads. Now we just have democratic mediocrity.Reply
I'm pretty sure that 32.99 buys you the alpha, the Beta and the finished game. Not bad for $32.99